Hidalgo (2004)

Held yearly for centuries, the Ocean of Fire--a 3,000 mile survival race across the Arabian desert--was a challenge restricted to the finest Arabian horses ever bred, the purest and noblest lines, owned by the greatest royal families. In… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: March 5, 2004
DVD Release Date: August 3, 2004
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Critic Score: 47% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The scenery looks great, but this overstuffed horse story contains too much cheese.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

An adventure that never met a cliche it couldn't saddle, mount and ride for a butt-numbing two hours and sixteen minutes.

Michael Booth
Denver Post

Popcorn for us and oats for the horses, delivered by the tall drink of water that is Mortensen.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...the film's hold on the viewer dwindles steadily as it enters its progressively dull midsection...

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

An exciting, colorful and very appealing movie.

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Benjamin Strong
Village Voice

A hybrid of both traditional and revisionist contradictions.

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Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies

If you take it as historical fact, it's got a world of problems. But if you're just in the mood to be entertained, it can be a decent piece of Saturday afternoon escapism.

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Charles Taylor

It's a manqué of a rousing adventure tale and not the real thing. You're constantly aware of the gulf between how the movie wants to excite you and the halfhearted execution.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

... filled with cliches.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Whether or not the events depicted really happened to Hopkins, it's still a damn fun story.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
This is a period piece centering around a rugged western hero who decides to prove himself by being the first westerner to enter into a gruelling desert horse… More
Jennifer D
Watched this in the aftermath of Mortensen's success in LOTR. Delivered what was expected.
Alex roy
Hidalgo is a terrific action adventure following the legend of Frank T. Hopkins and his Mustang horse, Hidalgo. The film is about a race known as the Ocean of… More
Wahida K
A beautiful Adventure Movie based upon real event. I like Viggo. Omar Sharif was Awesome in this Movie.
Kevin M. Williams
Different from most any western this crossbred tale of a crossbred cowboy horseracing in arabia is itself a crossbreed, has interesting legs and succeeds in… More
Thomas Bowler
an attempt at a moving story. however, if you want a moving film about a horse, watch seabiscuit